Are You Guilty of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

Common Car Maintenance Mistakes | Wiesner of Huntsville | Huntsville, TX

With just a little bit of expertise, staying on top of a basic car maintenance routine is easy, inexpensive, and the best way to keep your vehicle in top shape. Still, many drivers fail to perform the most crucial parts of vehicle upkeep. Are you guilty of any of these common car maintenance mistakes that could be costing you, and your vehicle, more than you know?

Forgetting about tires

Your tires are the only thing between your vehicle and the road, so it is hard to over-stress their importance. You should regularly monitor tire pressure, alignment, and tread; it is inexpensive and easy to do so and a great way to stay safe on the road and keep your car healthy for years to come.

Neglecting oil changes

When nothing is obviously wrong with your vehicle, it can be tempting to skip a scheduled oil change, but you should never do so. In fact, when you stay on top of oil changes you shouldn’t notice anything wrong with the way your car is running.

Driving with old wipers

Finally, don’t forget that visibility is extremely important when driving in all conditions. While this is common knowledge, many drivers stick with old, damaged wiper blades when they should be replaced.

If your car needs a bit of help to get up to speed on all its maintenance needs, contact us at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Why Do We Love Madisonville?

Among the many things to do and know about in Madisonville, TX these here are a few of our favorites.

  • The most important part of any Texan’s road trip, is stopping at buccees for beaver nuggets, or one’s favorite Texas barbeque.
  • Watch world class Cutting Horse Trainer Ronnie Nettles train his horses, and watch his Australian Cattle Dogs work at Nettles Country
  • The birthplace of the East-Texas burger chain, TX Burger
  • The Downtown Square offers plenty of options for home Décor, western wear, antiques, and more at the shops and eclectic boutiques
  • Every October, This mushroom Mecca hosts their Annual mushroom festival, offering a 5k known as the “Shiitake 5k,” cooking
    demonstrations and much more
  • Built in 1904, the Woodbine is a Texas historic landmark that’s still welcoming guests for a stay in one of its eight suites, or a first-class meal in its restaurant. (It’s also rumored to be haunted but I don’t think we should publicize that in an ad campaign)
  • Named for the petrified wood found and used on the property, Fossil Tree is a 162-acre working farm that offers a log cabin, fishing, birding, kayaking and biking on the grounds
  • Madison County Museum offers you a chance to learn the history of Madison County, including the colorful background of the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Association

If you’re coming from around Madisonville drive down I-45 S and visit us at Wiesner of Huntsville in Huntsville, TX for your next Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac.

Cadillac Racing Origins Spotlight

Cadillac Racing Origins

Many consumers buy Cadillac vehicles for their luxurious design, innovative features, and sophisticated performances. What some people don’t know is that Cadillac has a rich history on the racetrack.

Racing fell into Cadillac’s lap in a sudden twist of events. The Cadillac racing origins began with an exciting new engine ― a high-compression, overhead-valve V8. This engine was meant for its production cars, yet its performance specs were so impressive that racing experts saw its potential. As a result, NASCAR race teams sought out Cadillac vehicles for use on the track.

Cadillac took home trophies in races like the 1949 Milwaukee 100 Stock Car Race and the 1952 NASCAR Championship. The brand created unique race cars that earned equally distinctive nicknames like “Le Monstre,” which was a Cadillac Series 61 racer designed with a futuristic aerodynamic body for the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

In more recent years, Cadillac has debuted race cars like the Cadillac CTS-V.R for the SCCA World Challenge GT Championship in 2004, and it took home 10 overall wins. Cadillac continues to commit itself to building innovative, winning race vehicles, including the first-ever Cadillac ATS-V.R with FIA GT3 specs and the Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype racer ― impressive productions that prove more racing is on the horizon for this luxury brand.

While we strongly advocate for driving the speed limit and obeying the laws of the road here in Texas, we invite you to stop in for a test drive and experience the exhilarating power of a new Cadillac at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Things to Do at Huntsville State Park this December

Things to Do at Huntsville State Park this December

Huntsville State Park is a perfect place to spend your weekends this December, with activities and events your whole family will love. Whether you and your kids love camping or you just want to learn about local wildlife, there are things to do at Huntsville State Park for everyone.

Here in Huntsville, we have great weather for outdoor activities year-round, so if you feel like taking a kayak out on the lake, fishing, swimming, or staying overnight, go for it! Pack up your Chevy SUV or GMC truck with all your hiking and fishing equipment and hit the road.

The park also offers pavilions and shelters for parties, a supply store, and more features that let you create your perfect weekend getaway, but the park organizes plenty of great events too. Friday December 1, for instance, check out the Ask a Ranger Broadcast at 10am, which takes place inside the park.

That Friday will also feature the Build-A-Gator Family Workshop at noon. At this hands-on event, Ranger Pick will choose a volunteer from the audience to transform into an alligator! Kids will learn all about gators, including myths about them and where they come from.

The next day, join Ranger Pick bright and early at 8am for trail maintenance, a perfect way to volunteer and give back to your community.

If you need a new or used vehicle to help make all of your outdoor activities a success, contact us at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Get into the Spirit of the Season at these Holiday Events in Huntsville

Holiday Events in Huntsville, TX

The holidays are upon us and the best way to spend them is with friends and family. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we love heading out on the town to attend the local festivities. Here are a few holiday events in Huntsville that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season.

Gingerbread Decoration Contest and Awards Reception

Get out your frosting, candy canes, and gumdrops for this festive occasion at the Wynne Home Arts Center. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th, you can stop by the center to create your gingerbread masterpiece. The awards reception is the following Friday (Nov. 30) from 6 to 8 p.m. Along with the awards being announced, there will also be a kids activity station for creating paper snowflakes.

Huntsville Christmas Fair

Mark your calendar for December 1st for the 7th annual Downtown Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair will feature a train ride, real snow, a variety of vendors, and photo ops with Santa Claus. To give you an idea of what to expect, last year’s event included bounce houses, Christmas Karaoke, cookie decorating, face painting, henna tattoos, and much more. There is no cost to enter the fair, but some of the events may require a small fee.

A Christmas Carol

To celebrate the 175-year anniversary of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” the Old Town Theatre is producing an original play based on the novel. Tickets for the family-friendly play can be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office, starting at $12 for children under age 12 and $20 for adults. (Additional discounts available.) Showtimes for the production are Dec. 7-8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Whether you’re volunteering at a local food pantry or attending a heartwarming play, we at Wiesner of Huntsville hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Buick Makes Getting Gas Simple with Buick Infotainment System

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Buick has teamed up with ExxonMobil to introduce a quicker and easier way to pay for fuel. If your Buick is equipped with a Buick Infotainment System, you can stop at an ExxonMobil for gas and pay through the touchscreen, all without ever taking out your credit card.

This partnership also lets Buick drivers build points every time they get gas at an ExxonMobil by syncing with the driver’s ExxonMobil Speedpass+™ account, helping to save money on fuel. This is great year-round, but especially during the colder months when cars use more gas as well as holiday road trips.

The great thing is that this payment system is part of the Marketplace app, the auto industry’s first in-vehicle app for commerce, and it’s added to the app when your infotainment system does an automatic update. So you don’t have to own a brand-new Buick to get access to this convenient feature.

If you don’t have an ExxonMobil Speedpass+™ account, you can easily enroll for one free through the Marketplace app, too. Buick is dedicated to making this wallet-friendly option quickly and easily available to all its users. Then you can select the pump you want to use and the kind of gas right from your touchscreen, so all you have to do outside the car is pump the gas.

If the idea of not having to take out your credit card to fuel up sounds great, contact us at Wiesner of Huntsville to find a properly-equipped vehicle.

The Escalade 20-Year Anniversary: An American Luxury Icon

Since it first premiered in 1998, the Cadillac Escalade has taken the industry by storm. Providing an unprecedented level of luxury, power, and versatility, the Escalade doesn’t ask you to compromise a thing when you’re behind the wheel. The Escalade 20-year anniversary is a momentous occasion in automotive history, marking the long-term success of one of America’s most iconic vehicles.

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According to Cadillac, the Escalade achieved many firsts for its segment. For instance, it was the first model with full LED headlamps,  the first luxury SUV with Magnetic Ride Control, the first luxury SUV to offer a hybrid, and the first to have a front-center airbag among its competitors. Since it was first released, the Escalade has dominated its segment, leading in sales for 15 of its 20 years on the market.

“Over the past 20 years, the Escalade has prevailed not only as a highly regarded full-size luxury SUV, but also as a cultural icon that is synonymous with style and sophistication,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “From the highway to the big screen, the Escalade has been embraced by drivers and fans around the world.”

The 2019 Escalade comes with 420 horsepower when equipped with a V8 engine, and it also has a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. You can easily seat up to eight passengers in the cabin, and innovations like an available Color Head-Up Display (HUD), an optional Rear Seat Entertainment System, and standard Automatic Parking Assist set this SUV apart from the competition.

To see the new and used Cadillac Escalade options we have available, contact us at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Maintenance Tips for Cars During the Fall Season

Autumn is on the way, which means it’s time to prepare your car. Check out the following fall car maintenance tips.

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Check tire air pressure and tread: As the weather changes, so will tire pressure. For every 10 degrees the temperature changes, air pressure can decrease one to two pounds. Check the tread to make sure the tire hasn’t worn.

Get a tune-up: Keeping cars properly tuned increases gas mileage.

Check the lights: There will be less sunlight as the year goes on, so make sure all your car lights are operating properly.

Check your battery: You’ll need a fully charged battery, especially as the temperatures dip.

Check all fluid levels: Make sure the power steering, transmission, and brake fluids are all at acceptable levels.

Check the air filter: Summer driving is great, but it means the air filter has accumulated dust and other debris. Make sure to change a dirty air filter.

Check the wiper blades: Make sure they’re not cracked or damaged, and if they are, get a new pair.

Examine the exhaust system: Check for any leaks that could pose a problem to the car’s operation.

Get ready for fall by scheduling a maintenance check at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Throwing the Perfect Summer Bonfire Party

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There’s nothing in the world quite like a bonfire on a crisp summer evening where friends and family can share scary stories and indulge in roasted marshmallows. Check out these tips to help you host an awesome summer bonfire party.

 

Provide Bug Spray
Keep bugs at bay for you and your guests. A lot of guests may forget to bring their own insect repellant, so it’s a good idea to set out some communal bug spray and light a few citronella candles.

Cozy Blankets and Paper Lanterns
Provide blankets so your guests can ward off the evening chill, and set up strings of simple paper lanterns to provide some mood lighting. Having lights will also help people find their way around after it gets dark.

Hot Dogs, S’mores, and Popcorn, Oh My!
Marshmallows aren’t the only thing you can cook over a fire, even though s’mores are a fan-favorite that should definitely be included. You can also cook hot dogs over the open flame or even pop popcorn wrapped in tinfoil.

Refreshing (Kid-Friendly) Beverages
It’s important to stay hydrated! Coolers full of water bottles and pitchers of homemade lemonade are a welcome addition to any outdoor activity, especially in Texas.

We at Wiesner of Huntsville wish you and your family a happy, safe summer.

All-New 2019 Silverado 1500 Offers Engine Options Galore

2018 Silverado 1500 at Wiesner of Huntsville

 

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 allows you to choose from various powertrain options in order to perfectly meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for the best performance, efficiency, or most advanced technology, the 2019 Silverado 1500 has you covered.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 comes in eight trims and offers six remarkable engine/transmission combinations. Here are a few highlights of the engine lineup.

  • If you’re looking for the Silverado that packs the biggest punch, you can choose the available 6.2-liter V8 engine with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management, which features 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation. This smart engine delivers 420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft of torque, and features stop/start technology to optimize efficiency. The 5.3-liter version of this engine is equally impressive, offering the same Dynamic Fuel Management technology alongside 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
  • Alternatively, if you’re looking for the perfect balance of power, performance, efficiency, and technology, you should consider the all-new 2.7-liter Turbo engine. This engine gives you all the power you need on the worksite, offering greater torque and efficiency than the current Silverado LT and RST models.
  • The 2019 Silverado 1500 will also offer a diesel engine option: an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. This efficient engine will be available in early 2019.

To learn more about the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, visit Wiesner of Huntsville.